Prof. Dr. Xu received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. from Nanjing University in 1983 and 1986, respectively. Since 1988, he was highly privileged to study in the University of Konstanz, particularly under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Klaus Dransfeld (Member of German National Academy of Sciences). His doctoral dissertation was focused on nanoscopic heat transport associated with electronic processes. He earned his doctorate (Dr.rer.nat.) in 1993. Afterwards, he joined the Department of Electronic Engineering, The Chinese University of Hong Kong. He has been Professor in the department since the midst of 2002.
Prof. Dr. Xu’s research interests include 2D materials; advanced energy science and technology; scanning probe techniques; interface engineering for materials and devices; physics and technology of organic semiconductors; functional oxides, etc. He has published c.a. 400 papers in peer-reviewed professional journals and conferences, with c.a. 6000 peer citations. Meanwhile, he has secured numerous competitive research grants. Also he actively participates in a myriad of professional activities and has served as symposium chair in several international conferences. He is Fellow of Hong Kong Institution of Engineers, Senior Member of IEEE, and Member of American Physical Society, and Materials Research Society. He is a recipient of Joint Research Fund for Overseas Chinese, Hong Kong and Macau Scholars (formerly Distinguished Young Scholar Fund for Overseas Chinese), awarded by NSFC, a nationally prestigious fund; Research Excellence Award by The Chinese University of Hong Kong; Vice-Chancellor's Outstanding Fellow of Faculty of Engineering, The Chinese University of Hong Kong. Also he is Chang Jiang Scholar Chair Professor by Ministry of Education, China; and recipient of National Thousand Talents Program by Chinese Central Government.